"Most people will see a change of four followers or fewer; others with larger follower counts will experience a more significant drop", she said. On 11 July, the follower count was 26.68 million and now the figure is 26.55 million.
Some of the network's biggest users were hit, including Twitter's own account, which lost nearly eight million followers after the mass banishment. Someone's follower count is a key measure of online popularity and influence.
Social media giant says it will start shutting down suspicious accounts it has locked. While fake followers, bots and spam inflate follower counts, they make it increasingly hard for brands to know whether or not their ads are reaching real people.
Twitter purge has me down 715 followers. someone has to stop this madness.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, former prime minister Stephen Harper, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh's follower accounts have all lost thousands of Twitter followers, as the social media giant moves to purge fake accounts.
The Twitter Purge, as it were, commenced on Thursday, and plenty of high-profile Twitter users suddenly saw their follower accounts plummet. The PM has around43 million followers on Twitter.
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Twitter announced on Wednesday that users would see a drop in their follower accounts on Thursday as the company clamped down on "problematic" and "fake" accounts.
Other regular Twitter users have noticed their accounts dropping today thanks to the purge, while others didn't notice a change at all to their accounts. Twitter said it expects the initiative to reduce the total follower count on the platform by a significant 6%, the Times reports.
Twitter chose to sanitise the platform by removing inactive and locked accounts.
US President Donald Trump lost about 100,000 of his 53.4 million followers and former President Barack Obama lost about 400,000 as Twitter began removing locked accounts - which are disabled owing to suspicious activity - to sanitise its platform.
As on Friday evening, Mr. Modi's personal account, @narendramodi, had 4.31 crore followers, down from 4.33 crore on Thursday. Ashton Kutcher wasn't far behind with a 5.9% decrease, losing more than one million of his followers.
But the confirmation of removal of fake accounts, even if not from the reported metrics, resulted in Twitter's shares falling almost nine per cent, erasing $3.1 billion in market value earlier this week.